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Describe one of your proudest legislative victories since joining the Indiana Chamber.
It involves the single sales factor apportionment formula, which determines how much income is attributed to Indiana for income-tax purposes when Hoosier companies do business around the country and around the globe.

In the past, that formula used three factors, which included property owned here, employees situated here and the business generated within Indiana. If a company had a lot of property and a lot of employees here, they ended up paying more.

In 2006, legislators passed legislation to phase in a formula that treats Indiana-domiciled businesses more fairly and doesn't penalize them for being located here. They took property and employees in Indiana out of the equation. It's something that made a big difference to companies and really motivated them to expand their facilities here.

In what other ways do you work on behalf of members?
I try to help our members in all aspects of tax. That might be helping them understand the way the Department of Revenue works, putting them in contact with the right people in state government or lending support if they're getting unfairly hammered by audits, tax disputes or legislation.

Favorite television shows
I'm caught up in the whole Modern Family thing, like everybody else. When my wife and I have the opportunity, we watch that and The Middle.

What is one issue you plan to focus on during the upcoming legislative session?
The business personal property tax is one of the few remaining black marks on our tax climate. It taxes business equipment and machinery - investments that help businesses expand. The state can't just eliminate this tax, but it can start reducing that burden - that's what we're trying to do.

Describe a typical Saturday.
We just became empty nesters, so I'm discovering new hobbies. One of them is kayaking. You can be in Indianapolis and see a part of the city that you can't see unless you're in the middle of White River.

 

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